People On Foot Getting Run Over While Walking on California Sidewalks

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In California, just like the Vegas Strip, sidewalk accident claims occur more frequently than we like to see, since they often cause serious bodily harm. Areas in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Diego and other urban areas. Aftermath of a motor vehicle versus pedestrian crash on sidewalks can lead to serious injuries or death even when the crash was at a low rate of speed.


What the Auto Speed and Impact Studies Show About Injuries to Walkers and Joggers

Studies on accident impact involving pedestrians or runners shows that approximately 75 percent of these crashes happen when the vehicle is traveling 25 miles per hour or slower. The impact between the vehicle and person walking or running can result in various injuries.


Vehicle—Pedestrian Collision Injuries

  • Injuries to the Head

There are a number of harm that can occur when a person walking is struck by a vehicle and the leading cause of death in this type of accident is traumatic head injuries. Skull fractures, intracranial swelling, concussions, hematomas, hemorrhages and scalp lacerations are common due to the head hitting either the front, hood or windshield of the vehicle or a hard surface such as concrete of the sidewalk, other objects or ground.

  • Legs Injuries

Leg injuries are also common for people walking or running when struck by a vehicle and are a disabling injury. Harm to the legs can include pelvis, hip, femur, tibia and fibula fractures. There can also be soft tissue injuries such as lacerations and abrasions, along with torn knee ligaments.

The Differences in the Injury Causing Vehicles

If the crash involves an SUV or truck the torso is more likely to suffer bodily damage. This damage is often to the ribcage, liver and lungs that can be moderate or severe injury.

  • Vehicle—Pedestrian Impacts

Generally when a vehicle and pedestrian crash occurs the driver attempts to brake before the initial impact. When the body is struck by the vehicle it accelerates to the speed of the vehicle and even though the driver has slowed the speed the body does not reduce the speed which it was hit resulting in a forward projection.

When the driver does not attempt to use the brakes or evasive maneuvers to avoid the collision a roof vault interaction can occur, which causes the person walking or running to be sent over the hood of the vehicle and onto the ground behind the vehicle. This is dependent on the vehicle front bumper being lower than the person’s center of gravity. The human center of gravity is located in the area of the bellybutton.

Another type of vehicle and pedestrian contact can cause the person walking or running to be dragged by the vehicle. This happens in cases where the front bumper of the vehicle is higher than the pedestrian’s center of gravity. The impact causes the person to be knocked down with the vehicle either partially or completely passing over the person.

The person can also be dragged before they are pushed to the ground by the force of the impact and is something that can occur at slower speeds. If the person is located more to the side of a vehicle then the contact may result in a fender vault, which can cause the person to be thrown behind or to the side of the vehicle.


California Statues for Vehicle Sidewalk Pedestrian Crashes

In California pedestrians have California Vehicle Codes that protect and drivers are required to follow all traffic laws including driving on a sidewalk. The two that involve pedestrians include California Vehicle Code 21663 and California Vehicle Code 21950 and 21952. These statues include the fact that in California drivers must yield to pedestrians.


Legal Counsel in Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Sidewalk Crashes

Drivers are charged with a duty to drive safely and when an auto swerves or veers onto a sidewalk causing harm to people walking or running they are violating the California Vehicle Codes and can be charged with negligent or reckless driving along with other charges for the bodily harm they have caused including manslaughter or murder in cases where pedestrians are killed.

The Southern California law offices of Ehline Law Firm PC have both the experience and the resources to protect the rights of victims involved in pedestrian sidewalk vehicle collisions in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, Inland Empire and other areas. Contact us to discuss your case to learn your legal rights as a victim or the family of a loved one’s wrongful death toll free at 888-400-9721 for a free consultation.

Police Cruisers Chasing Perps Means Death to Bystanders

High speed police chase

Police Cruiser

Annually in the United States tens of thousands of people are chased by police after they have violated the law and in some cases it may be a minor infraction or misdemeanor offense. The problem with high speed police chases is that innocent people are put at risk and the risk in many cases is fatal.


FBI Statistics – One Killed Per Day In Police Chases?

According to an FBI statistical report high speed police chases kill one person a day nationwide and innocent bystanders represent 42 percent of the fatalities. In other words, almost half of those people killed were likely minding their own business and on no way connected to the chase. According to other federal records police are not immune to being fatally injured in high speed chases, because this type of pursuit does end up in crashes resulting in at least 139 police officers killed.

police are not immune to being fatally injured in high speed chases…

Authorities maintain that high speed pursuits are necessary when uncooperative drivers or suspects flee the police. The belief is that by not pursuing them it would send criminals a message that if they take off they won’t be chased, which gives them no reason to fear the police when they are operating a vehicle.

In effect, many police feel that while casualties are unfortunate, especially when it is an innocent bystander or police officer, it is an unavoidable consequence of the job. Their attitude is likely that if society did a better job instilling patriotism, love of country and respect for the Constitution into the citizenry, we would likely return to the low crime rates of the 50’s.

There are opponents of this belief in law enforcement that admit high speed chases are dangerous and promote avoiding chases and using alternative means to enforce the law. This is the opposite end of the spectrum, that gives criminals a pass in order to save lives in the here and now. Unfortunately, this leaves perps free to continue harming another person somewhere else, and also breeds a certain disrespect and contempt for the law by both the protected and the criminals.

  • The DOJ Thinks that High Speed Chases are The Most Dangerous of All Police Activities

The Justice Department has labeled high speed chases “the most dangerous of all ordinary police activities.” (Source.) They have advised in order to reduce these pursuits that all police departments set strict guidelines to determine when law enforcement officers should or should not chase a driver fleeing.
Even with the Justice Departments warnings about police chases it is still up to the police departments, which most leave it to the officers discretion whether they should pursuit a fleeing driver or not.

There is proof with police records that the officers do not always make the right choice. In California a review of the high speed chase police department records show that approximately 89 percent or more of these pursuits were for what would be considered minor violations of the vehicle code for things such as expired registration, speeding and reckless driving.

In defense of law enforcement agencies and officers it is not solely their fault these pursuits occur, because it is the driver who has violated the law that in fleeing initiates the chase. It is police officers job to enforce the law and what they have been trained to do is stop crime and criminal violations of the law. In this respect it is understandable why police officers often choose to pursue a driver who has violated the law when necessary.


Short of Deporting Illegal Criminals and Slowing Immigration, What Else Can Be Done to Reduce Pursuits?

With sanctuary cities on the rise, and the current administration hell bent on massively importing people from middle eastern countries who in large part want to kill us for “disrespecting” their religion, we have a serious problem on our hands with violent criminals using our own system against us. Our own government actually has created this problem for political purposes, typically to get campaign donations, or votes from so called “minority communities.” Whatever the reasons, it is you and I, the peaceable citizen being faced with the outcomes, murder, death, and high speed chases.

Short of deporting these bad elements who are not supposed to be here anyways, and halting immigration from terrorist countries, we need to find a way to deal with this today, right now. So what then is the answer?

  • What Can Technology Offer to Prevent Deaths and Injuries From High Speed Police Pursuits?

Police officers and high speed chases are one place technology has left behind for longer than a decade, closer to a decade and a half since the last advances were made in this area of law enforcement. There are devices that can be used is a GPS tracker tag, which the police could shoot as it is an adhesive GPS tracker.

Attaching this tracker to a fleeing vehicle there would be no reason for a pursuit, since the vehicle could be tracked. This has been commercially available since 2010 and out of about 18,000 police departments only approximately 20 use the tracker. Other law enforcement officials have declined its use, since the police officers would need to be within 30 feet of the fleeing vehicle to be able to deploy the GPS adhesive tracker. The other factor in the decision is the cost, which is five thousand.

One in the development states for over a decade is designed to shut off vehicle engines using a microwave transmission, which isn’t available commercially, but still in development and research by Fiore Industries. Their reason is they claim is due to not enough funding.

This questions why there has not been technology advances in the area of high speed chases that could prevent loss of life of innocents and police officers, since the officers would be able to track the fleeing driver or suspect without speed being involved. Without technological advances that are affordable to law enforcement agencies even with Justice Department warnings there is little chance of ending high speed chases or loss of life.

Recently loss of life during police pursuits has not diminished and in just this year some of the ones that resulted in innocent bystanders being killed includes; a 60 year old federal worker killed March 19 in the vicinity of Washington D.C., a 63 year old grandmother in Indianapolis, a 25 year old man July 18th, in New Jersey.

Recently in San Bernardino, California, the high speed chase and shootout there ended with the deaths of two Islamic Jihadists, one of whom came here legally on a Visa to marry a citizen of Middle Eastern decent born to parents who support groups like CAIR, linked to terror and Islamic extremism. The male was ostensibly radicalized by his immigrant parents, and in a local CAIR backed Mosque.

So again, many of these chases could be ended before they even start, by simply enforcing existing immigration laws instead of pandering to special interest groups, in this case, those funded by religious terror organizations (Learn more about terror funding.)

At the end of the day, preventing and mitigating crime prevents chases. Short of this, law enforcement has tough choices to make that almost always have political ramifications that reverberate to elections. Until politicians start placing the interests of law abiding Americans and stop kicking the can down the road in exchange for campaign funding, it is likely that the high speed chase will become an even more familiar aspect of the American landscape.

The Top 8 Mistakes Accident Victims Make – Self Representation

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Pain in back. Young man holding hand on his back and expressing negativity while leaning at the cardboard box

In the turmoil of a severe car or work accident, many injury victims attempt to rebuild their shattered pieces of their lives on their own, both medically and legally. However, many find out the hard way that the odds are often stacked against them. Between issues from the injury and the cost of rehabilitation, insurance companies not wanting to pay out on their own policies, and recalcitrant parties that caused the accident not wanting to right the situation. For many, the injury victims often find out too late that they need an attorney to tie up every loose end.


Representing Yourself is Not for Everyone

An attorney specializes in personal injury law is often the best defense against making these self representation errors. This is true, even when it is seemingly a “smaller case.” (Source.) Ehline Law’s years of experience dealing with various types of injuries, including auto wrecks and workplace accidents lends valuable expertise when the victim needs it the most. Some of the most common errors that we see include the following:

  • Not Knowing Where to Start

Many times injury victims are unsure of the first step to take after an accident. Without knowing whether or not they should contact a personal injury attorney, sometimes victims attempt to sort through the information themselves. They make key errors when speaking with the insurance company– this could include making statements that can be construed into admitting guilt, or accidentally accepting an offer made by the insurance company without knowing the true extent of your injuries or what the company can or should offer.

  • Not Knowing the Amount Need for Recovery

Recovery can be an incredible long and expensive process. Many victims don’t realize the depths of this, especially if they do not have adequate health insurance. In other cases, years of rehabilitation can bankrupt families. Asking for too little might get the insurance company to accept– but also leave your family high and dry in the process. Asking for an absurd amount of money not based on a careful examination of what is needed could also leave the victim’s claim to be thrown out unceremoniously.

This can also include not knowing the sheer scope of the injuries sustained. Some of the injuries and their symptoms only manifest themselves in the weeks or months after the incident. Not knowing how much the injuries will affect each element of your life– including your ability to work and enjoy your life.

  • Lack of Organization

This is a more common problem than people realize. Attorneys are trained for years in the process of how to present a case in and out of court and get the most out of the responsible party. In addition, there are nuances of personal injury law and courtroom procedure that the common person will be unaware. Filing a claim incorrectly or after the statute of limitations may doom it right out of the gate.

  • Lack of Negotiating Skills

Courtroom procedure and out of court back and forth is not exactly like Law and Order. In addition, the average injury victim is often balancing many aspects of their recovery at the same time. Many insurance companies and reckless drivers offer their “final” offer that is well under what they can and should offer. In desperation, far too many victims jump on the offer, believing that they will not get anything better.

During the negotiating process, the victim may believe that they have documentation of the insurance company or defendant admitting guilt for the accident. However, they sometimes do not collect the evidence of such guilt and instead think it will stand in court on its own. At this point, the insurance company lawyers can tear apart these claims.


The Key Factor in All of These Mistakes

All of the above often have the same common denominator: not hiring an attorney. Not having an expert hand that has seen all of the tricks of insurance company attorneys can sink almost any claim. Such experience is key to understanding each piece of the puzzle that an injury claim can represent.

For more information about personal injury cases or if you would like representation, please contact Ehline Law today. Michael Ehline and his team is ready to assist. They will travel anywhere in California to hear a prospective case and offer to work on contingency– they won’t accept a cent unless they recover money for you.

How Driverless Vehicles Will Change the Insurance Game

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Health Insurance Costs Benefits Plan Medical Injury Concept

During the past couple of years there has been talk about self driving vehicles and this year the talk became more substantial when on July 13, 2015 Google showed its prototype of its self driving car in Silicon Valley City at the Community School of Music and Fine Arts in Mountain View. The location is about 40 miles southeast of San Francisco and it gave attendants at event a close up of the vehicle.

The prototype does not contain either a steering wheel or petals like a conventional car, since the vehicle is designed to drive without a dedicated driver behind the wheel. Beginning in June Google has been testing the prototypes on the road near its headquarters in Silicon Valley and not only does the Internet giant have an interest in this type of technology, but some traditional auto manufacturers have begun introducing vehicles that are partially automated.

Both Mercedes and Toyota have introduced vehicles that have braking and parking assistance and have plans to take the automation further in coming years. Google is not the only tech company to have an interest in autonomous vehicles, Alibaba and Baidu have been also interested and believe they can have a fully operational self driving vehicle ready in five years.


The Question Remains “What About Auto Insurance?”

Autonomous vehicles have self driving technology, which could mean a change on the roadways by making traffic efficient and less room for error, since there is no room for issues like driver distraction or driver error. This could change the whole transportation issue, including possible car ownership due to alternate alternatives.

According to an article in the Yale Journal of Law & Technology it discusses the $200 billion dollar a year automobile insurance industry and how this type of technology with autonomous vehicles could make having private auto insurance unnecessary in the future. Yale Law School Student Jack Boeglin who authored the article surmised that private insurance would not be needed if nondiscretionary communicate vehicles became mandatory, since the liability would be transferred to the manufacturers.

Using this theory he goes on to say drivers who want to keep their driving privileges would be required to pay and that if an accident occurred using collected data from the vehicle’s computer it could be used to determine the percentage of the driver’s fault. Then the liability using this computerized data would be assigned.

On the other hand driver’s who relinquish their driving privileges to the vehicles automation would not have liability issues and would not be required to pay for insurance. This could save driver’s thousands of dollars in insurance premiums, but the question would be is this enough motivation for the public to change to self driving vehicles.

Ehline Law Firm PC finds the advances in technology in this area exciting, but wonders if self driving vehicles when the time comes will actually stop accidents from happening. As with anything computerized issues can occur and what will happen when there are both types of vehicles on the roads? To learn more about motor vehicle accidents and liability visit our pages.

Possible L.A. Road Changes

Mapping the bad roads

Topical map of L.A. roads.

Los Angeles is a city filled with traffic that results in frequent traffic jams and congestion. The city has maintained roadways by paving through canyons, flattening hillsides in order to expand roads and downed trees. This has helped improve traffic flow, but it has not been a long term plan for fixing traffic problems.

No faster are roadways widened or added and they are filled with vehicles, rather than easing the problem. City planners have been working on a solution they have been pushing claiming new ideas need to be put into action, since the old ones have proven ineffective. The viable options have been brought up enough by city planners that the state legislature is now beginning to discuss the alternatives suggested.

One of the suggestions is to endorse a comprehensive policy to approach traffic issues from a different strategy. Instead of making motor vehicles the priority one alternative is to improve convenience and safety for public transportation, pedestrians and bicyclists with the object being to reduce traffic. Given other safe and convenient options it is believed some people now driving would use these alternatives.


What is Mobility Plan 2035?

This alternative that legislatures are discussing is known as Mobility Plan 2035, which includes in it bus only lanes, reduction of some car lanes on some of the largest boulevards, major road designs and hundreds of miles of new bicycle lanes. This is a twenty year plan that also focuses on reducing the traffic accident fatality rate to zero.

There have already been some changes made on LA roadways in this direction, such as safer bicycle lanes throughout the county. However this plan is much more extensive and will touch every section of Los Angeles including Downtown, Hollywood, South Los Angeles, the Westside and the San Fernando Valley.

  • Pitfalls and Holdups

There are opponents to this alternative Mobility Plan 2035, in which it is believed that taking these measures to improve traffic congestion and reducing fatalities it will only intensify traffic congestion and it may increase problems. The other thing mentioned is if it makes traffic conditions worse then it could contribute to emergency vehicle delays.

Those in favor of the alternative plan believe that implementing these convenience and safety measures it can reduce traffic problems and they cite that it would improve public safety. The Mobility plan can be downloaded http://la2b.org/documents/ to find out the full information about the plan to form an educated opinion.

L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin backs the plan and said that the document helps to put in place safety measures for people bicycling and moving about without a vehicle so they are not harmed or killed. The Councilman went on to state statistics saying that 5 percent of these people now are killed when a vehicle is traveling 20 miles per hour and at 40 miles per hour the fatality rate is over 80 percent.

Ehline Law Firm PC is watching this legislation closely and personal injury laws, along with technology to provide the best quality legal representation for our clients that have been harmed in the dangerous traffic congested roadways in Southern California. If you or a loved one have been harmed contact the law firm to consult with our accomplished traffic accident attorneys.

Actor Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ and Everyday TBIs

My Money is on Smith

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Will Smith’s new drama, “Concussion,” will have something for everyone. The focus on medical science and sports will be sure to enthrall audiences and show a side of football that is often overlooked. While many of the topics may be dramatized for the sake of the film, the underlying science and key factors are not, which is probably helpful to lawyers pursuing these cases on behalf of the surviving families of these venerable footballers. Traumatic Brain Injuries, or TBIs are a scourge that affect thousands of athletes at every level each year.


Medical and Long Term Implications

Repeated trauma to the head can cause incredible effects. Not only are there the risks from concussions, but from other types of injuries as well. Concussions have garnered a closer focus by the NFL and NCAA over the last several years, but the cumulative effect of such blows are just coming to light. Medical research is rapidly determining the short and long term of these incidents.

TBIs can come in many forms and due to many causes. Along with sports injuries, TBIs can also result from severe car accidents, workplace incidents, and slips and falls. There are no two traumatic brain injuries that are exactly alike, but certain similarities often exist. These can include memory loss, declining fine motor control, constant headaches, difficulty ambulating, trouble focusing, and others.

In many cases these injuries will require long term care, possibly including therapy. TBIs have also been known to be a major cause of personality changes and early death. The burden placed on a family due to these types of injuries is grave and not to be underestimated. There is a substantial chance that such damage will lead to the injured having to miss work and substantial enjoyment in their life.


Legal Options in Case of Severe Brain Injuries

Ehline Law has handled such cases before, and has attorneys on staff specializing in brain injuries. Our team has worked with those injured in sports accidents and knows the work needed to make life whole again, as well as the pitfalls of the Knight v. Jewett case. We partner with medical professionals to ensure a proper diagnosis and a means to pay for future treatment.

We will help in many ways. We will work with insurance companies to ensure a full payout, including for long term costs. We will also determine what the exact cause of the accident leading to the TBI was and if there was any foreknowledge on the risks associated. We can also weigh repeated incidents and their effects on the damage.

We can help your family sign up for useful programs, including unemployment insurance, disability, worker’s compensation, or any others that are relevant for recovery. Our team will leave no options left undone in the pursuit of your rehabilitation.

For more information, please call or email us today. Our offices dot up and down the Southern California coast and we are happy to meet you to discuss your options. We will meet you at one of our locations or travel anywhere in the state to discuss your potential case. We trust our skill so much that we work on contingency– we don’t ask for a cent unless we recover for you. Let us be your defenders to determine how best to help overcome this terrible injury.

Cancer Causing Chemicals in Colgate?

Canada has banned Triclosan

Triclosan in toothpaste

It has happened quite often that we have used some product for many years and only after those many years we have found out about some evil ingredient in it. We can take the examples of mercury in dental fillers, fluoride in toothpastes, presence of dangerous gases in coolants in our refrigerators and air conditioners etc. We have used all of these products for several years only to find out later that all these products contained some really evil substance that was either causing health problems in us or damaging the environment around us.

We have yet another such case and once again it is a tooth paste in question. Tooth paste products have been facing criticism for quite a few years for putting in chemicals and substances that are injurious to the health of the users. While soaps and detergents contain some really harmful substances too, tooth paste is one of the very few products that go in our mouth. This time the brand under question is Colgate. If you have been using Colgate for some time, you definitely need to read this. Your tooth paste might have a substance that could be causing cancer in your body.

A study has been conducted on Colgate recently and according to the results of that study Colgate was found guilty for containing Triclosan. This particular chemical can cause many diseases in human body but the most dangerous is cancer. Triclosan is nothing new to the manufacturers of cleaning products.

It is commonly used in the making of other products such as laundry detergents, deodorants, antiseptics etc. However, none of these products go inside our mouth like our tooth paste does and so having this chemical in our tooth paste has to be something to pay attention to. Chemical Research In Toxicology, a magazine that often hosts such researches, has recently published the new study about Colgate. It is according to their latest research that we have come to know that Triclosan in Colgate might be causing cancer in the people who use this product on a daily basis.

It must be noted here that this substance can cause cancer only when you use it in great amounts. This is why people who use Colgate on a daily basis and have been doing so for years are the ones who really need to think about their future tooth paste.

As mentioned in the first passage, we often come to know about the abysmal side effects of substances in our daily used products after we have already consumed them for years. After the news becomes public the government does its job of banning the product. Asbestos is a great example of such an event. As of now, Canada is the only country that has taken any steps against the use of Triclosan in tooth pastes.

Canada has put a ban on the chemical. We’ll see how other governments react to this new study after also considering Canada’s decision on this substance. Triclosan has the tendency to pass through your skin. When you use a product that contains this chemical, you could end up letting large amounts of the chemical pass through your skin and become part of your bloodstream. Hormone imbalance is the first reaction to the entry of Triclosan in your blood. It can then cause several other damages and make you prone to cancer.

Despite these shocking revelations, Colgate is still standing with its claim that this chemical causes no harm to humans. Whether it causes cancer or not will be decided in further studies. As of now, you have to make up your mind as to which side would you like to be on.

Illegal Aliens Legally Driving? Rule of Law is Overruled

No fun being illegal or is it?

Illegal immigration concept as a chain fence with a hole shaped as text that represents people illegaly crossing a national border violating the migration law of the country as undocumented immigrants.

California set down a controversial path when it decided to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The reasoning went that these immigrants would now be covered in case of a crash, and allow for a reduction of risk on California’s roads. One of the issues that led to the decision was the high number of hit and run accidents that occurred after an uninsured driver hit another vehicle or pedestrian.

What California is finding out quick is that this well-meaning bit of social engineering actually made the situation worse– a lot worse. Some of the illegals did get the required insurance, but many others decided not to keep the policy. The state requires all drivers to show proof of insurance when receiving a license– but not during the period afterward. It has become a very common trend for immigrants to drop insurance the day they receive their license.

Growing out of Assembly Bill 60, Governor Jerry Brown signed it into law in 2013 as one of his major accomplishments. Recently, the Fresno Bee published an editorial in which it explained that the issue with drivers sans insurance did not go away. In 2014 a half million illegals gained driver’s license under the plan. California expanded a program to allow these drivers to buy subsidized auto insurance. So far just a paltry 875 have. During a similar period, the California Highway Patrol reported 66,000 citations for drivers operating a vehicle without insurance.

In other cases, there have been high-profile crashes in which drivers will give false information to the other driver or police. This has reached near epidemic levels, with many accident causes going unsolved. It has hit many in the legal field especially hard, as it has become very difficult to take on auto accident liability cases because of these factors. The problem only compounds as those that cause such accidents drive off with little to no repercussions.

New Jersey is considering going down a similar path, local media reported. They would be well served to learn from California’s example. The disaster on California’s roads should act as a lesson, rather than a precedent for other states. Rather than being an act of compassion, the state’s activism has instead directly led to hundreds of unreported accidents and untold numbers of injuries and fatalities.

Our legislators in Sacramento have the opportunity to step up over the next several years and repeal the law allowing the licenses to be issued or put in place much stricter guidelines to check insurance. This would greatly reduce strain on drivers fearing a hit-and-run accident and allow justice to be served in and out of court.

Know The Signs Of Internal Bleeding And Seek Immediate Medical Attention

A Multi-disciplinary rescue team, consisting of paramedics, fireman and a police officer tending to the victim of a car crash

A Multi-disciplinary rescue team, consisting of paramedics, fireman and a police officer tending to the victim of a car crash

Traffic accidents can take people’s lives or make them disabled permanently. Sometimes it’s the big accidents that can result in the death of a person and at times even the smallest of the impacts can take a person’s life. People who manage to survive such accidents end up with complications in their lives. They might become disabled and could not live their lives as they used to live before the injuries. Internal bleeding is one of the serious injuries that can cause a person to become disabled or paralyzed for life. There are many other damages that internal bleeding can result in.

A person whose internal organs have started to bleed due to an accident needs immediate medical attention. At the same time, the relatives and family members of such a person should get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible to receive the proper compensation for the damages from the offending party.

People need to be educated on the topic of internal bleeding so they can know when their loved ones are in danger due to this problem. Here is some important information about internal bleeding.


Impacts That Can Often Cause Internal Bleeding

A car accident that results in a trauma could often cause internal bleeding in a person. However, small impacts can also cause this type of bleeding so getting doctor’s immediate help is always highly recommended. Here are the common impacts that could result in internal bleeding.

  • Trauma From Blunt Force

When a blunt object hits the person with force, it can result in internal bleeding because it causes the organ of the body to become compressed. The compression of the organ causes bleeding inside the organ. If the lining of the organ gets punctured the blood will enter the abdominal areas. In short, this is a serious type of internal bleeding that needs immediate medical attention.

  • Impacts Due To Sudden Stops

When a vehicle has an accident it comes to a stop all of a sudden. Human bodies do not have good resistance against such sudden stops. When such stops cause the brain that is floating inside the skull to hit the walls with pressure, internal bleeding could be the result. Internal bleeding in the skull or brain is considered serious damage and needs to be addressed with utmost promptness to avoid any permanent damages to the person.

  • Injury Caused By Medication

People who take a lot of medicines or who have to take a strong medicine that has strong side effects can end up with bleeding internal organs. Such side effects of medication can arise when the doctor diagnoses the patient for a wrong condition and the patient ends up having wrong medicine.


How Would You Know Internal Bleeding Has Occurred

A person is having internal bleeding will show several signs. However, these signs can be different in different people because the conditions that resulted in internal bleeding are different for different people.

Most commonly noticed signs of internal bleeding are as follows:

  • Clammy skin can be a sign of internal bleeding. It might be coupled with sudden drop in blood pressure. The pulse will also increase by a great degree.
  • Sometimes you will notice bruises on the skin of the person who had an accident. These bruises are clear on the skin because the blood travels from inside to against the outer most layers of the skin.
  • Feelings of dizziness are also signs of internal bleeding. This dizziness is often felt when a person stands up.
  • Bleeding from nose and ears is also a big sign of internal bleeding taking place in a person.
  • If an area of the body is looking inflamed and the person can feel pain upon touching, this could be a sign of internal bleeding too.

When internal bleeding takes place it takes the toll on other parts of the body as well. Brain and eyes are the organs that get affected by internal bleeding a lot.

If you or someone you know has internal bleeding, then the effects on the brain would be something like:

  • Seizures
  • One side of the body might start to feel weak and numb
  • Tiredness and lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Nauseating sensation
  • Coma
  • Noticeable slur while speaking
  • Fainting

When internal bleeding takes its toll on eyes the symptoms are as follows:

  • The person might completely lose his/her eyesight.
  • The vision is blurred, smoky or hazy.
  • The person will notice floating objects in the vision while looking at things.

How Will You Treat Internal Bleeding?

First, if you have noticed any of the signs mentioned above it is highly recommended that you take the patient to the doctor as soon possible. If possible, the doctors will try to fix the problem using pills and tablets. However, the damage can be severe at times and any ruptures, punctures and compressions that can’t be taken care of with conventional methods are repaired through surgery.

Getting Law On Your Side

It does not matter how big or small the accident was that caused internal bleeding in your body or in the body of someone you know. If internal bleeding is taking place, you will have to visit a doctor, get surgery, stay at the hospital and spend thousands of dollars to get the treatment. That’s where the law and lawyers come in.

They provide you the legal representation that you need in order to obtain full compensation of the damages done to you. Lawyers can help you in ways you might not have imagined. If you live in Los Angeles California and have had such a case, knock on the door of Ehline Law Firm PC.

This is the law firm where you are represented by lawyers who have spent decades in the field helping people get justice for the damages done to them. They specialize not only in car accidents but virtually any imaginable type of accident that can take place on a road.

They will assist you to the end so not only will you receive financial compensation for your medical expenses but you will also receive full compensation for mental agony, physical pain and loss of income.

Aging & The Erosion of Rights in the Modern Nursing Home

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People are becoming more and more aware of their constitutional rights but it seems that many institutions are still relying on pressurizing people into quitting their constitutional rights. There could not be a better example than today’s nursing homes that are using fine prints that contain clauses that completely take away the basic constitutional rights of the elderly and their families.

First, the whole process of admitting an elderly into the nursing home is quite pressuring. On top of that, you have to sign the clause that prevents you from going to court. Exactly when do these nursing homes not want you to go to court?

When the elderly people living in these homes are physically hurt, sexually abused, seriously injured or neglected when they need care the most. That’s as inhumane as it could get. It is quite shocking to see such clauses included in the fine prints since it merely shows that the nursing homes are not as serious about their primary business as they are about saving themselves when they do something wrong. Not to mention the fact that families are ostensibly forced to sign the documents because they are under such immense pressure at the time of admission.

It is naturally expected from nursing homes that they will keep the elderly in need in proper conditions where they are attended to when they are in need, but such clause in the fine print shows another face of the institutions. There is now a petition available for public to sign to put a ban on nursing homes for putting this clause on the fine print.

This is the only way for families to save their elderly loved ones and their constitutional rights. Otherwise, things will continue to go wrong and no one will be able to go to court to get justice.
Named forced arbitration clause, this particular clause on the fine print does not give the admitted elderly people or their family the right to go to court if the nursing home provides poor care.

Instead of going to the court these families are given the only option of going to private courts. These courts are picked by the industry itself and these arbitration firms don’t allow you any appeals. You can’t even know a thing about their working because the transparency and accountability are close to zero in these courts.

These nursing homes are run through the funds from the public. CMS, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has taken a step forward to put an end to this clause. The CMS has the authority to ask the nursing homes to remove this clause from their fine prints if they want to receive funds from the public.

CMS will also give the rights back to the elderly people and their families by allowing them to choose their method of arbitration after a dispute takes place. This way the family can decide how and where they want to fight their case. Such an act from CMS will put an end to the practice from nursing homes of forcing the victims into fighting their case within a system that they have designed.

These people cannot get any justice from an independent court because they are shown the signatures they had put on the fine print that compels them to use the private courts designated by the nursing home industry. It can be quite difficult for people to file their claims against facilities that are actually meant to provide protection to their loved ones in the final years of their lives.

However, it is now the responsibility of the public to strengthen the nursing homes by getting rid of a system that focuses more on depriving people of their rights and less on taking care of its primary task. More and more people are now being asked to sign the petition and send a message to the federal offices to put a ban on these force arbitration clauses.

It is also hoped that caretakers in these facilities will continue to provide good care to the elderly people admitted there. If they are not interested in caring for the old people, they should be replaced by those who are.